We have a serious plastic problem

Findings from a recent study examining over 100 sea turtles of all seven species, across the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean oceans, are rather disturbing.

Published in the journal Global Change Biology, the study was conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and Greenpeace Research Laboratories, a CNN article said.

Over 800 synthetic particles were discovered in the turtles. Researchers have warned that the actual number of particles is likely 20 times higher, considering only a component of each turtle’s gut was tested, the article says.

Animal autopsies, or necropsies, were performed on turtles that had either died from being stranded or by being caught, accidentally, by fishermen, and the study sites were located in Queensland, Australia, North Carolina, and Northern Cyprus.

Some of the sources of the particles found in the turtle’s stomachs were from ropes and fishing nets, clothing, tires, and cigarettes.

It truly saddens me to read articles such as these, however, they must be read in order for the general public to come to an understanding of how serious our plastic problem is. We live in a world that is drowning in plastic, and the longer we neglect the severity of the issue, more and more innocent animals will suffer because of it.
Reducing our plastic use is crucial, but so is reducing the amount of waste we produce overall. Humans are incredibly wasteful creatures, and it is rather disgusting how far we have allowed this issue to spread, killing and harming our world’s beautiful animals in the process.
I’m not going to pretend that I’m the epitome of sustainable living, but I try my best to keep my carbon footprint at a minimum, as we all should. Whether it be for the animals, future generations, our planet Earth as a whole, find a reason to cut your amount of waste.

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